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Are you for or against?
I'm undecided, so tell me what to think.
things like the MOBOs, as they aren't technically discrimitary.
MOWO awards probably could never happen.
but it's a complicated issue, we have to undo a lot of damage that was done in the past.
But is it our place to allow concessions for past generations ignorance? Sometimes I think society is over PC leading to positive discrimination. I disagree with the MOBO awards because they reinforce a racial divide in society.
recognising diversity of culture. We are not all the same.
Among 3rd and 4th generations living here because society has reinforced the differences in people?
but people do like to be proud of where they come from.
I think society needs to mix a little more. This doesn't mean forgetting peoples cultural backgrounds but is rap music really representing these backgrounds enough for the MOBO awards to claim that it is representing black culture or is it reinforcing social divides and ignorant views about different races? (Obviously not all rap music but a lot that seems to be hitting the mainstream.)
commercial rap is mostly shit, but then commercial anything is mostly shit.
positive discrimination is built on fear and paranoia. did you hear about the police force in gloucester who turned down a hundred-odd white male applicants because they needed to meet a certain 'cultural diversity' quota. so, potentially, there are sub-standard police officers who have been chosen because of the colour of their skin - something the force in question probably thought it was avoiding being accused of by using this method.
the MOBOs are ridiculous, bbc 1xtra is ridiculous, racism, sexism, snobby attitudes or elitism in music are fucking ridiculous, just as they are in all other areas of life.
I'm actually registered disabled and could theoretically benefit from positive discrimination but I frankly have no wish to do so.
To me it's completely patronising and implies people who are, say, disabled or non-white or female need a helping hand to be on an even footing with non-disabled white males. Which is rubbish and very condescening.
To me positive discrimination is simply an admission of people's inability to judge people without prejudice.
but a lot of the time people who are female/non-white/disabled don't get jobs etc just because of being female/non-white/disabled, so i'd say in that way, they do need a 'helping hand'. it's not patronising, it's just the only way [unfortunately] to prevent prejudice being shown. also, it is important to make things such as the police force, etc, representative, which doesn't seem to happen if just left alone.
although there may be a representative mix of races and sexes at junior levels in organisations, the higher you go, the more likely they are to be white male dominated.
How that is addressed (or if it should be) I wouldn't like to say. I think most people would be in favour of promotion/reward on merit rather than sex or ethnicity, but it seems that the people who do the promoting tend to see more merit in people who look like themselves.